SpaceX Rocket Lands at Cape! FLA Tourism Ads Waste of Taxpayer Dollars; Millions of Non-Citizens Vote? Helena’s News Roundup

This unofficial flight path diagram shows the feat accomplished by the SpaceX rocket.

This unofficial flight path diagram shows the feat accomplished by the SpaceX rocket.

Incredible moment SpaceX rocket lands back on its launch pad

Wow!! Congratulations to Musk! “Amazing video shows the historic moment the first stage of the Falcon 9 touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on the launch pad.The SpaceX rocket descended through the clouds before landing right in the middle of the pad, a perfect landing after a rocky start… SpaceX CEO Elon Musk captioned the video on Instagram: ‘Baby came back’The rocket has landed five other times successfully on sea platforms but this is the first time on land.This is the first SpaceX mission to take off from the pad, and the first in Florida since last September, when one of the company’s rockets exploded on another Cape Canaveral pad, severely damaging it. It is also the third SpaceX rocket to land on solid ground. The moment indicates that NASA’s moonshot pad is back in business.”

Plan to Buy Land South of Lake Okeechobee Will Harm American Jobs, Halt Everglades Restoration

Important to know!”This session I have joined several of my friends, neighbors, and fellow Glades residents in the many efforts to stop the ill-conceived plan to buy more farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. Why? Because Senate Bill 10 puts our economy, environment, and financial future at risk.At its core, our opposition to this plan is primarily about one thing: saving local, jobs. Senate Bill 10 absolutely will harm farming communities south of Lake Okeechobee. If passed, it will take between 60,000 to 153,000 acres of active farmland out of production, costing the Glades communities thousands of jobs. According to at least one sugarcane farming company, this land grab would put them out of business, destroying at least 1,000 jobs. These are American jobs that help to keep our domestic food supply safe from foreign threats.”

Majority of Canadians distrust government: poll suggests

Not surprised! “Populist anger is moving politics in Canada.In a recent poll, only 43% of Canadians say they trust their gov- down from 53% a year earlier.And 80% of Canadians feel the country’s elites are out of touch. The findings in the so-called Trust Barometer survey conducted annually by PR firm Edelman is the first time in 17 years that Canada has joined the ranks of “distruster” countries in which more than half of citizens say they distrust their civic institutions. Delacourt says PM Trudeau should be really concerned. This spike in distrust and cynicism is the same sentiment that propelled Trump to the White House, and it is gaining ground here.Compared to a year ago after Trudeau was first elected, trust in government and the media has slipped 10%.”

Trump May Kill Off AmeriCorps, College Officials Spooked

Good! “AmeriCorps sounded like a good idea. Create a program where American youth could basically earn free college by working and helping their communities. On the surface it sounds like a great way to help people get their educations.The program.. now finds itself on the chopping block along with other left-wing darlings such as the Nat’l Endowment for the Arts and the Nat’l Endowment for the Humanities…For 2 years of service, a participant will get $11,550..But if a student can find a more efficient means to pay for 3 years of college, doesn’t it make sense for them to do so for the 4th? Why should the taxpayer be on the hook to fund a program that represents the worst option?..why would the public pay for work normally assigned to volunteers?”

EXCLUSIVE: Obama’s Feds Tried to Hack Indiana’s Election System While Pence Was Governor

“DHS officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system with at least 14,800 “scans” or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016..The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for nat’l security.Members of the National Assoc of Secretaries of State voted Sat at their meeting to oppose the designation. They are asking Trump to overturn it… Federal officials are barred under DHS rules from trying to penetrate a state system without the express approval of the state. Neither Georgia nor Indiana approved the DHS scanning attempts.The DHS inspector general has launched an official investigation into the Georgia breach attempt.”

Decline of Unions Boosted Trump in Midwest Wins

Must Read!! “Trump prevailed where other Republican presidential candidates failed in Midwestern states in part because of new right-to-work laws that have diminished the power and influence of the teachers’ unions, according to labor policy analysts.“Unions have been knocked silly in WI, thanks to the one-two punch of Act 10 and right-to-work,”Final election results have Trump narrowly winning WI’s 10 electoral votes by a margin of 47.9 to 46.9% over Hillary.In MI, the margins were even closer with Trump winning that state’s 16 electoral votes with 47.6% against Clinton who had 47.3% of the vote..The WI Education Assoc Council had about 100,000 members before Act 10 passed; the latest figures show the union with 36,074. The decline reflects what has happened nationwide.”

EXCLUSIVE: House Dem IT Guys In Security Probe Secretly Took $100K In Iraqi Money

Must Read Entire Article! Treason? “Rogue congressional staffers took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrative-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to court documents examined.The money was a loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi political figure, and was funneled through a company with “impossible”-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional IT staffers controlled. Imran Awan, ringleader of the group that includes his brothers Abid and Jamal, has provided IT services since 2005 for Wasserman-Schultz, the former DNC chairwoman. The brothers are from Pakistan.The trio also worked for dozens of other House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Those positions likely gave them access to congressional emails and other sensitive docs.”

UN Watch – “Haley’s Comet” | Editorial of The New York Sun… | Facebook

WOW! “A star is born is our reaction to the first press briefing by Trump’s new ambassador. The ex-governor of SC was ridiculed by the Left.. owing to her alleged lack of foreign policy chops. She certainly rang the wake up gong for that crowd, after her 1st Security Council meeting devoted to the Middle East. Tough as nails but with a smile and a layer of Southern charm. She said “it was a bit strange.” The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain intern’l peace. But the meeting was not about Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, it was not about the money and weapons Iran provides terrorists, it was not how we defeat ISIS, it was not how we hold al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of thousands.“No,” “instead the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.”

The arguments of PPACA’s apologists transcend the farcical.

“Rat’l observers of Obamacare’s implosion will be drawn toward the conclusion that it is “in a death spiral.” However, the left continue to delude themselves that “reform” will somehow survive the laws of economics as well as the ire of the electorate. This fantasy has led to all manner of absurd claims about the law’s alleged accomplishments. The latest miracle attributed to Obamacare is a decline in the divorce rate.Two academics from the University of Kansas analyzed the impact of the law on divorce, and you won’t be surprised to learn that their “research” produced results “strongly suggesting that it reduced medical divorce” in states that complied with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. They found that “expansion decreased divorce by 5.6% among those 50-64,” compared to states that didn’t comply. ”

Refugees Will Cost Taxpayers an Estimated $4.1 Billion in FY 2017 – Breitbart

“American taxpayers will spend more than $4.1 billion in the 2017 budget to support the 519,018 refugees who have been resettled by the federal government in the US since Oct 2009, according to a cost estimate by Breitbart. To put that very large number in context, $4.1 billion can buy 10,677 new homes for $384,000 each, which is the average price of a new home sold in the US in Dec 2016. Or it could buy 170,124 new autos for $24,100 each, which is the suggested retail price for a 2017 Malibu.Even if the Trump administration were to entirely shut down the flow of refugees into the US in FY 2018 and beyond, the refugees who have already arrived in the country will cost at least another $3.5 billion in 2018, and about $2 billion to $3 billion annually thereafter until FY 2022 and beyond.”

You Paid For It: New study concludes tourism spending a loser for taxpayers

Subsidizing business is poor economic policy!”A new economic study finds that spending public money to promote tourism in FL and many other states is an enormous loser for taxpayers.“Raw advertising is just not paying off for taxpayers in FL or anywhere else,” said Ball State U econ prof Hicks, a co-author of the study produced for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank.That study throws cold water on the tourism promotion industry just when there is a titanic political struggle underway that will soon decide the fate of Visit FL, the private tourism promotion agency funded by $76 million state tax dollars. On a local level Visit Tampa Bay, another private tourism promotion agency, counts on $12.5 million tax dollars to lure visitors to Hillsborough Co.”

Corcoran Sues Florida Lottery Over ‘Improper Spending’ in $700 Million Contract

“Another day, another lawsuit for Richard Corcoran — this time, he is hedging his bets against a new target, taking aim at the Fl Lottery. Corcoran filed a lawsuit in Leon County Fri against the Fl Lottery for signing a contract the House says spends beyond existing budget limitations set aside for the Fl Lottery.If Corcoran’s suit is successful, it could be game over for the Fl Lottery.Last year, the Lottery signed a 14-year, $700 million contract with gaming company IGT Global Solutions to ramp up the number of ticket machines. The number of machines would jump from 2,000 to 5,500 statewide..Corcoran’s biggest gripe: the contract would require the state Legislature to spend excess money on the Lottery. Corcoran wrote that the contract doesn’t fall in line with the funding currently set aside for the Lottery in the state budget. That means state lawmakers, Corcoran alleges, broke the law by allowing a state agency to spend in excess of what’s appropriated for it in the budget.”

IMPOTENT MEDIA FAIL: Hispanics Back Trump Deportations, Ending Sanctuary Cities

“Anyone looking for proof that our media has lost all of its moral authority and ability to sway public opinion, need only take a gander at the McLaughlin poll that shows voters overall, and Hispanics in particular, back Trump’s latest and most controversial immigration moves… a majority of 56% of Hispanics “approve of  Trump’s executive order to end ‘catch and release’ and make the deportation of illegal immigrants who are criminals a top priority.” Only 31% of Hispanics disapprove. Overall, a whopping 69% of all voters approve of this program, while 21% disapprove. On the issue of cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities, a plurality of 46% of Hispanics approve, while 43% disapprove. Overall a majority of 59%  want federal funding cut to these lawless cities, while only 29% disagree.”

US gives ultimatum over Nato spending

Good for Trump!”Trump’s defense secretary has told Nato allies that they cannot take America’s commitment to aid their security for granted unless they are prepared to increase military spending.“No longer can the American taxpayer carry disproportionate share of the defense of western values. Americans cannot care more for your children’s future security than you do,” Mattis told Nato defense minsters in Brussels behind closed doors yesterday.“America will meet its responsibilities but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.”He said that ministers must adopt a plan this year that sets dates for governments to meet the Nato target of spending at least 2% of nat’l income on defense. Aside from the US, 4 countries, including Britain, meet the goal.”

Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote

Evidence!! “A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.The Nat’l Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers…The Hispanic survey was conducted in June 2013 by McLaughlin and Assoc to gauge the opinions of US resident Latinos on a wide range of issues.Inside the poll is a page devoted to voter profiles. Of the randomly selected sample of 800 Hispanics, 56%, or 448, said they were non-citizens, and of those, 13% said they were registered to vote. The 448 would presumably be a mix of illegal immigrants and noncitizens who are in the U.S. legally..”